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By Peter Makossah

Nottinghamshire County Council has unveiled a major and ambitious programme of school infrastructure improvements to the tune of £9.5 million which will see 23 primary and infant schools get a massive uplift.

Over the next two years, 23 primary and infant schools in Nottinghamshire are scheduled to benefit  from a multi-million-pound investment from the council’s School Building Improvement Programme (SBIP), designed and delivered by Arc Partnership, a joint venture between the council and SCAPE.

Each Nottinghamshire Borough or District has at least two schools receiving infrastructure improvements, with all works scheduled for completion by the start of the 2024/2025 academic year.

The improvements for each school are variable depending on requirements – but the programme includes replacing ceilings, installing air source heat pumps, and upgrading lighting and electrics.

In a statement Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, Councillor Tracey Taylor, said “this council is committed to having fit-for-purpose schools, and the £9.5 million school building improvement programme for the next two years will deliver them.

I’m delighted we’ve now set out our plans to enhance the buildings of more than 20 schools across Nottinghamshire – every borough or district will receive a slice of investment from the programme.”

Councillor Taylor added, “we pledged in our ten-year council plan to provide sufficient school places and to give parents a greater choice and getting our schools’ infrastructure up to speed will help towards this ambition.”

The council is also investing in the creation of a new primary school in Rushcliffe and expanding two current schools also designed and delivered by Arc Partnership.

A £14m investment into East Leake is providing a new temporary school, which opened in September 2022, and a brand-new permanent building, currently under construction, is expected to welcome over 200 schoolchildren from September 2023.

The council says it will use part of a £60m allocation provided by the Department for Education to expand the Newark Orchard School and open a satellite SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) facility at King Edward School in Mansfield.

Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Asset Management, Councillor Keith Girling said, “I’m excited for the school-building work we are undertaking in East Leake, Newark, and Mansfield. The new Spencer Academies Trust-sponsored East Leake primary school will be of huge benefit to a village which many new families have joined in recent years.”

“I know local parents will welcome our plans to expand Newark Orchard School and support SEND pupils in Mansfield with a new provision at King Edward School,” he argued.

Dan Maher, Managing Director at Arc Partnership said, “the SBIP will ensure that all school pupils across Nottinghamshire continues to benefit from an excellent learning environment, where they can feel inspired and supported. We are proud to be working closely with the council to deliver its ambitious programme and ensure real value is provided on each of the projects.”

Maher hinted that when complete, each school will be a true asset to not only the pupils but the wider community as well.


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